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NKorea official: Kim rethinking US talks, launch moratorium | WPBN

NKorea official: Kim rethinking US talks, launch moratorium | WPBN

Upnorthlive - 2019-03-15 12:18

NKorea official: Kim rethinking US talks, launch moratorium | WPBN - Upnorthlive

Syria Kurds return 25 Yazidis freed from Islamic State to Iraq

E-Kurd - 2019-04-13 19:23
QAZLAJOKH, Syrian Kurdistan,— Syrian Kurds on Saturday repatriated 25 women and children from Iraq’s Yazidi minority after freeing them during the final push against the Islamic State group, a local official said. The US-backed Kurdish fighters say they ...

US Won't Stop Efforts to Oust Iranian Forces from Syria: Official

BAS News - 2019-04-08 21:56
ERBIL - One of Washington's main goals in Syria is to oust the Iranian forces from the country, a top US official was quoted as saying, noting that "there are a lot of tools we can use." Talking to The National on Monday, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of ...

US to Deploy ‘Arctic Wolves’ Combat Team in Iraq

BAS News - 2019-03-30 14:01
ERBIL — The US Army has confirmed that it will deploy Arctic Wolves of the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team in Iraq by this summer. The fresh troops will support Operation Inherent Resolve, according to an official statement cited by Sputnik. "The brigade ...

Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani arrives in Iraq on first official visit

E-Kurd - 2019-03-11 15:30
BAGHDAD,— Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Iraq on Monday for his first official visit, state television said, as Baghdad is under pressure from Washington to limit ties with its neighbor. Before leaving Tehran, Rouhani hailed the “special” rel ...

Woman to be freed in Kim Jong-nam murder case

BBC - 2019-03-11 03:53
Indonesian woman accused of killing Kim Jong-nam with VX nerve agent to be freed, as charges dropped. ...

Iranian FM Thanks Iraq for Not Abiding by US Sanctions

BAS News - 2019-03-10 21:00
ERBIL - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is currently in Baghdad on a visit, has thanked Iraq for not abiding by the US sanctions against Tehran. The Iranian minister arrived in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Saturday for preparations ...

3rd Annual “Cinema Through Women’s Eyes” Ready to Launch in Sulaymaniyah

BAS News - 2019-03-10 12:18
ERBIL — Preparations have almost concluded to launch the 3rd round of “Cinema Through Women’s Eyes” in Kurdistan Region’s Sulaymaniyah. Pishtiwan Abdullah, one of the organizers, told BasNews that the event will begin on 12th March with dozens of foreign ...

IS Targets US-backed Forces in Syria

BAS News - 2019-03-10 00:14
ERBIL - The Islamic State (IS) attacked the US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria on Saturday, where two Kurdish fighters were wounded. The attack was carried out via a suicide car bomb, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, explaining that a jihadis ...

Pro-Iranian militias in Iraq are increasingly pressuring US to leave

Seth Frantzman - 2019-03-09 23:50
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN Two Shi’ite militia leaders spoke out over the weekend, with one threatening the US and the other demanding US troops leave Iraq. Hashim al-Mousawi, spokesman of […] ...

Iranian President to Visit Iraq in Pursuit of Better Economic Ties

BAS News - 2019-03-09 15:34
ERBIL — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is set to pay an official visit to Iraq next Monday, 11th March, in hopes of building stronger economic ties with the neighboring country while under pressure by US sanctions. Rouhani will be accompanied by a larg ...

KDP to Resume Gov’t-Formation Talks after Agreement with PUK, Gorran

BAS News - 2019-03-09 13:46
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) will resume talks on the next cabinet as it has already laid the ground with political agreements. The party, which emerged victorious in the last parliamentary election, recently signed separate agreements wi ...

Shi’ite Commander Says US Embassy Nurturing New Generation of IS in Iraq

BAS News - 2019-03-09 12:30
ERBIL — The commander of pro-Iranian Shi’ite militia group of Asaib Ahl al-Haq has accused the US embassy in Baghdad of preparing a new generation of Islamic State (IS) in the country. Qais Khazali, commander of the paramilitary group, said during a spee ...

Let us pay tribute to the brave Kurdish women today!

E-Kurd - 2019-03-08 15:34
Shamm Shamayi Salih | Exclusive to Ekurd.net Today, March 8, is an important day for all female movements around the world. On the International Women’s Day, let us remember the ongoing struggles of Kurdish feminists. Let us remember that the Kurdish wom ...

French IS Media Official Killed in Eastern Syria: Coalition

BAS News - 2019-02-28 23:16
ERBIL - The French Islamic State media official, Abu Anas al Faransi, has reportedly been killed in the Syrian eastern province of Deir ez-Zor, the US-led international coalition said on Thursday. Al Faransi, who was also known as Fabien Clain, was targe ...

Trump, North Korea’s Kim Kick Off Second Day of Summit

Waar Media - 2019-02-28 14:09
WAAR_DUHOK U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday he is in “no rush” to make a deal with North Korea as he entered his first day of formal talks with Kim Jong-un. “Speed is not that important to me,” Trump said in Vietnam’s capital Hanoi, where he is ...

Tribes in Ninevah Want US Forces to Stay in Iraq: Spokesperson

BAS News - 2019-02-24 22:49
ERBIL - A spokesperson for the Arab tribes in the province of Ninevah said on Sunday that they want the US forces to stay in Iraq, pointing out that they are in talks with some Shi'ite sides to appose a parliament's proposal to end the presence of the fo ...

US Diplomat's Comments on Iraq's Combat Capacity Only Opinion: Official

BAS News - 2019-02-21 19:00
ERBIL - The comments made by the US Embassy in Baghdad about Iraq's capacity in facing threats are only opinions, spokesperson for Iraqi Joint Operations Command, Brigadier General Yahya Rasool said in a statement. Earlier on Tuesday, Joey Hood, chargé d ...

Washington has Baghdad’s Consent to Withdraw Troops from Syria Via Iraq: Official

BAS News - 2019-02-19 15:35
ERBIL — Washington has reached an agreement with Baghdad to use Iraq as a transit route for its troops withdrawing from Syria, according to an Iraqi official. "They [the US troops] will pass through Iraqi territory. Of course, there is an agreement betwe ...

US Official: Over 1,000 IS Militants Possibly Fled Syria to Iraq in Six Months

BAS News - 2019-02-18 22:07
ERBIL - Over 1,000 insurgents of the Islamic State (IS) may have fled from Syria to the neighboring Iraq to hide in the mountains and deserts in western Iraq in the past six months, a US official was cited as saying. According to a report by CNN, citing ...

US Shouldn't Abandon Kurdish Allies in Syria: UK Official

BAS News - 2019-02-14 09:49
ERBIL - The United States should not abandon its Kurdish and Arab allies who have been fighting the Islamic State (IS) insurgent group in Syria, a UK official has argued. According to a report by The Telegraph, the comments were made by Bob Seely, member ...